I’m so excited for Star Trek. I’m a self-admitted fan and have attended “Star Trek” conventions in the past. I’m only a causal “Trekkie,” however. I’m not someone who dresses like a Star Fleet officer or gets married in Klingon make-up. I’m sure the others from The Film Nest ranks will not show the same love for Star Trek as I do, but hopefully they will boldly go where no non-Star Trek fan has gone before by seeing this movie. I was a huge fan of the Star Trek “Original Series” (William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, etc.) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, etc.).
Gene Roddenbarry originally created “Star Trek” as a sci-fi TV show in 1966. It only lasted three seasons and it was then cancelled. The show, thanks to reruns, gained a huge cult following and it ended up spawning an animated series, four additional TV series and ten movies. Star Trek will be the eleventh feature of the series and it will be one of the rare times I will favor a “reboot.” I’m glad J.J Abrams decided go back to what originally made “Star Trek” famous, with Captain James Tiberius Kirk, Spock. McCoy, Scotty, etc. I hope (I’m sure Abrams and the studio are thinking the same thing) it will reintroduce Star Trek to a whole new audience.
Star Trek will follow the early lives of James Kirk (Chris Pine, Smokin Aces) and Spock (Zachary Quinto, “Heroes”) before they joined Starfleet Academy. When a rebel Romulan (pretty much looks like a Vulcan, pointy ears) named Nero (Eric Bana, Munich) comes from the future to destroy the United Federation of Planets, the young crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise is sent to intercept him. Following Nero from the future is an older incarnation of Spock (Leonard Nimoy, to bring the reboot credibility) to help assist the inexperienced team. Star Trek will feature how Kirk assumes command of the Enterprise as captain. The movie also explains Kirk’s father’s (Chris Hemsworth) role in Starfleet, something the Star Trek series hasn’t really touched upon.
Star Trek is directed and produced by J.J Abrams, who also directed Mission: Impossible III and produced Cloverfield. Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, who both collaborated on such movies as Transformers and Mission: Impossible III, wrote the screenplay. I feel relieved these two have given this movie justice by bringing back the old costumes and staying faithful to the “Star Trek” story. The rest of the cast comprises of Scotty (Simon Pegg, Shaun of the Dead), Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban, Lord of the Rings), Uhura, (Zoe Saldana, Vantage Point), Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin, Alpha Dog) and Hikaru Sulu (John Cho, Harold and Kumar).
I’m stoked about this movie after seeing the excellent trailer. I’m sure thousands of Trekkies will flock to see this, but I think that someone not familiar with Star Trek whatsoever will enjoy it as well. This could possibly be the best Star Trek movie to date.\
Star Trek opens May 8th.